Address: 87 New Road, Whitechapel, E1 1HH
Telephone: 020 7247 0648
When my good friend Alex – who makes the tastiest pies, ever, incidentally – asked if I had ever been to Needoos I had to confess that I hadn’t even heard of it, let alone had dinner there. So we decided to go as soon as we could and on Friday, after promising not to even look at the website (so as not to ruin the surprise!), I left work and journeyed to Whitechapel, along with three hungry boys, for what was an AMAZING feast.
Needoos looks like nothing special from the outside, but as soon as you get inside the smells confirm that you’re in for a treat. We had a table booked (worth doing as it was always busy) and sat next to a telly playing bollywood (I love eating in places with TVs as they seem foreign to me somehow..) and Alex did a Dad and ordered nothing short of a month’s amount of food: peshwari and garlic naans, seek kebabs, lamb chops, tandoori chicken, Daighi slow cooked meat, Daal baingun and Punjab Tinda. He also did the Dad joke – “what are you all having then?…” when the table filled with dish upon dish of perfectly, tender, spiced and sizzling meat.
The food was out of this world. Everything was hot and fresh off the grill, perfectly spiced, succulent and juicy. The daal was the best I’ve ever had and the naan breads fluffy and fragrant. The four of us barely spoke as we scoffed mountains of meat. The staff were super friendly and gave old-school proper service. There was the obligatory and oh-so-welcome hot-towels and choccy-mints and amazingly the whole meal came to less than £15 each. A freaking miracle. The best Indian meal I’ve ever had, bar none. It made my belly very happy!